Insights from BCC Research

U.S. Rug Industry to Continue Growth Dominance over Carpet

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Residential Flooring.jpegThe U.S. rug business will continue its three-year reign over carpet, in terms of growth. Area rug sales should top $2.5 billion in 2016, a
3. 5% gain from 2015, reports FCNews Research.

Growing consumer demands for hard surfaces and custom rug programs have provided manufacturers with additional selling opportunities. According to FCNews, most traditional broadloom companies offer some variation of a custom rug program in which rugs are cut from broadloom and can be specifically tailored to the needs of consumers.

The trend represents an add-on opportunity that generates considerable revenue, one more flooring dealers and non-flooring outlets are leveraging. In fact, FCNews reports that some flooring retailers that previously diminished or even shelved the rug category are reconsidering its marketability, and using the Internet to push online sales.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

Water-like Polymer Creates High-Temperature Ceramics

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM
liquid polymerMix together the following ingredients—a little silicon, some boron, a smidge of carbon, a pinch of nitrogen and a dollop of hydrogen—and you might invent a liquid polymer that can transform into a ceramic with valuable thermal, optical and electronic properties.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

Transparent Ceramics Make Super-Hard Windows

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 9, 2017 7:42:54 PM
Scientists have developed the first transparent industrial ceramic material. Made of cubic silicon nitride, the material is second only to diamonds in hardness, but can withstand substantially higher pressures.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

3D Metal Printing: Dark Art or Modern Blacksmith?

Posted by BCC Research Editorial on Apr 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With new, standardized software from Lawrence Livermore Labs set to spur increased use of powder metals in 3D printing, BCC Research has recently published a FLASH report, 3D Metal Printing: Dark Art or Modern Blacksmith? FLASH reports are shorter, and focused on recent news or industry developments that are currently under the radar.

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Topics: Advanced Materials